Timothy Taylor Tipton

Army Of The United States
06 December 1947 - 18 April 1969
Dixon, CA
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5th Cavalry Rgt
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

The database page for Timothy Taylor Tipton

Hey Bud,

You were one of us C Troop California Boys, so many in 3rd Platoon alone. We were just havin' fun, trying to stay alive and doing our jobs. Burt's Bar and Grill back at Camp Evans was never the same after all you guys paid the ultimate cost of war. But then again, we didn't get back there often in the first place.

There is one person in particular that feels responsible for your death, and I've told him it ain't his fault. I know that's probably OK with you, since you know that it was just your time to go and nothing he or anyone else did or could have done would change anything. But if you would, please see if you can get an angel to come to Earth and soothe his weary mind for awhile. He was your TC.

So I'll smoke one for you man, and think about the good times we had. I'll tell the others to come here and see you often, as I will. We need to keep in touch so that the memory never, ever dies.

Peace and love hippie man,


The 3rd/5th Cavalry was dismounted in February, 1943, and re-organized under Infantry Tables of Organization and Equipment. It was re-organized wholly as Infantry in July, 1945, but retained its Cavalry designation. After Korea, the 3rd/5th Cavalry was de-activated in 1958. In 1966, it was activated for duty with the 9th Infantry Division "Old Reliables". Upon arrival, the Black Knights joined in the Division's first major contact of the war -- Operation Colby in 1967.

After the grim Tet attacks (1968), General Westmoreland reassigned Troops A, B and C, 3rd/5th Armored Cavalry to the DMZ to bolster armored firepower there.

The 9th Division unit was sent to Wunder Beach, 15 miles south of the DMZ, making it the northern-most 9th Division unit. For tactical purposes, the Cavalry units were under the operational control of I Corps. Unique is the fact that the bulk of the 9th Division remained in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon.

While the men wore the 9th Division patch, they fought with many other divisional elements in the northern provinces, including the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions, the 5th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne, and the 1st Air Cavalry.

A memorial from his Brother In Arms,
Doug Hallas
10 May 2001

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)